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Megan Rapinoe was given an enthusiastic farewell in her last regular-season home game with the OL Reign before her retirement. The two-time World Cup champion had dedicated her entire 11-season career in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) to the Seattle club.

A record crowd of 34,130 watched Friday’s scoreless draw against the Washington Spirit.

“It just feels like home. It was always the safest place,” said Rapinoe, 38.

“This was just always the place where I could be myself.”

Rapinoe’s team-mates wore number 15 warm-up shirts in her honour before a video tribute featuring sports icons, including tennis legend Billie Jean King and Seattle baseball great Ken Griffey Jr, was shown at Lumen Field stadium.

“I am a little bit at a loss for words,” added the Olympic champion and 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, who announced earlier this year that she would retire at the end of the NWSL season.

“To be able to play here my whole career, in one city – it’s just really special to be able to have this.”

OL Reign Pays Tribute to US Forward Megan Rapinoe in Her Final Regular-Season Home Game

Players from each side hugged Rapinoe as she stepped off the field at the end of the game to roars from the crowd, which included her partner Sue Bird, a five-time Olympic basketball gold medallist.

“It’s been such an incredibly journey,” said Rapinoe. “Thank you – to everyone.”

Under the guidance of Englishwoman Laura Harvey, the Reign continue to vie for a spot in the playoffs. Their last regular-season match will be against the Chicago Red Stars on October 15.

Megan Rapinoe bid farewell to her international career following last month’s friendly victory over South Africa.

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